Professor Kami Chavis Simmons participates in Symposium on Race and the Criminal Justice System at W&L University

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Professor Kami Chavis

LEXINGTON, Va. –  Wake Forest Law Professor Kami Chavis Simmons participated in the W&L Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice symposium on race and criminal justice on Friday, March 18, at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

The first symposium panel focused on race and traffic stops. Panelists included Professor Simmons and Aaron Haas, Oliver Hill Fellow at W&L Law, according to the W&L School of Law’s website.  The second panel focused on the impact of the drug war on minority communities.  Panelists included Professor Erik Luna of W&L Law Professor Joseph Kennedy of the University of North Carolina School of Law, and Professor Ron Bacigal of the University of Richmond School of Law. 

David Baugh, a capital defender with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, provided the keynote address titled “Structured Disenfranchisement of African Americans by the Criminal Justice System.” In 2006, Baugh received the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award from the Virginia State Bar for his work on numerous First Amendment cases, his defense of indigent criminal defendants in complex court-appointed cases, and his dedication to training other members of the defense bar through continuing legal education.

The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice is a research and reference publication focusing on legal issues that have an impact on racial and ethnic minorities. The Journal concentrates on legal realities and reports on developments in both statutory and case law in an effort to monitor their impact on minority communities.